A rare collection of Northern Stooge owls has come to life in the workshop of Conquergood Creative! Rarely, if ever, seen in nature these mischievous birds are widely known for their animated hijinx. Here is a trio of little ones with their heads turned laying to the camera.
The drums shown below are the central point for the movement of the owls heads. Through the centre of each of the drums will be a 1/4" dowel that rises up through the owl's body to the head. As the drum turns, so too will the dowel and head. The drum has two channels for cables, one for the "pull" and one for the "pull back". Each will have a cable termination and the cables will run in opposite directions to impart opposing motion.
Th rollers shown below are to allow for resistance reduced change of direction of the cables that will turn the heads of two owls. The cables will serve to control the turn of the heads. One roller guides the cable to be pulled by a follower and the other guides the cable connected to the counterweight. The wooden blocks are made of poplar and will be glued to the underside of the top plate. The rollers are turned from a piece of birch dowel and the axles are 1/8" diameter brass pins. The hole in the roller is 9/64" so it rolls freely on the shaft. I made these rollers with my small Sherline lathe, but they could be made from glued, assembled disks since they do not need to be precise to do the job required.
Larry the middle owlet lives! I've been working with Larry to determine the amount of painting detail that is going to appear on the automata I'm working on. Here he is sitting in his position on the branch that serves as the perch. His head is turned toward the back to show his eyes. Only two more owlets to paint!
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.